Cultured Butter

January 23, 2015

My mother got me a classic butter churn for Christmas. Whoopie!  Only problem? I need a cow. (Not to be confused with “having a cow,” as my daughter likes to say.) Every time I make a cultured milk product like yogurt or cheese, I wish for a cow of my own, though I’m not sure the City of Minneapolis will go that far for urban agriculture.  Read more ›

Paneer Cheese

January 17, 2015

Paneer is an acid-set fresh curd cheese made from cows milk that is popular in northern India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh where milk is a regular part of those cultures.  I made this cheese for the first time in my tiny college kitchen at University of California at Santa Cruz.   Read more ›

Handmade Soaps at Home

December 29, 2014

Domestic arts, homesteading and urban agriculture play a very big roll in the day to day life of me and my family.  In addition to scratch cooking, preserving of all kinds, and making our own beer, we also raise a small flock of backyard chickens, garden extensively and make our own soap.   Read more ›

Grapefruit Infused Gin

December 15, 2014

Grapefruit infused gin is a favorite libation at my house.  It only takes two ingredients and you can make it in 15 minutes.  Citrus fruits are one of the few perks of winter and big juicy grapefruits are popping up all over in the grocery stores right now.   Read more ›

Warm Spice Bacon

November 30, 2014

In the spirit of winter, I’m making a Warm Spice Bacon, flavored with allspice, chiles, coriander, mace, pepper and maple syrup.  Winter came ridiculously early this year in Minnesota, so I’m making bacon to cheer myself up a bit.  Happy holidays to me! Read more ›

Habanero Hellfire Hot Pepper Jelly

November 24, 2014

I know, I know.  It’s a little late to be making hot pepper jelly, right?  It’s almost Thanksgiving.  We got a little busy, what with a vacation to New Orleans, winterizing our gardens and chicken coop, and a way-to-early snow fall and hard freeze. Read more ›

Creole Cream Cheese

November 7, 2014

On my recent trip to New Orleans, I was on a search for Creole Cream Cheese.  I’d read about the cheese in my copy of Home Cheese Making by Ricki Carroll.  Surprisingly, the cheese proved incredibly hard to find. I rode my bike all over the city looking in shops, at the Crescent City Farmer’s Market (great cheese, just no Creole Cream Cheese) Read more ›

Daikon Kimchi

October 9, 2014

I like radishes. In the spring there’s an explosion of little red globes, followed again three months later by the fall radish boom. But our Minnesota summers make radishes pithy, bitter and hot, so there’s a long pause in radish season, which I find wholly unacceptable.  Then I met the daikon radish. Read more ›

Chicken of the Woods Wild Mushrooms

September 20, 2014

Fall is a great time to forage Chicken of the Woods mushrooms.  The bright orange fan shaped mushroom grow like frilly shelves from the side of trees and stand out like a flag.  Last year we found a huge clutch of them exploding from a downed tree at Lake Maria State Park in Minnesota.   Read more ›

Fresh Herb Bacon

September 15, 2014

When we got our half hog from Snake River Farm Minnesota, it came with the largest pork belly I’ve yet seen from our own pig.  This baby was 10 plus pounds, enough for two batches of bacon.  Yahoo!  I let the belly languish in my freezer for almost a year before finally hauling it out to defrost.  I tend to delay making bacon until the fall because there’s bacon, we eat it immediately. Read more ›

Fermented Corn Relish

September 3, 2014

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of presenting and cooking at our local Linden Hills Farmer’s Market as part of their Chef Guru series, produced by Kitchen in the Market.  The topic was what to do with the season’s abundance of corn, tomatoes and zucchini.  My immediate thought was lacto-fermented vegetables which require no cooking at all. Read more ›

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